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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:29 AM

DC think tank tells Americans that their broadband is really great

Despite the fact that Americans are paying more per megabit than their counterparts in many European and Asian cities—a new report published by a Washington DC-based think tank says that broadband policy in America is totally acceptable.

The 76-page report (PDF) released Tuesday says that people who disagree with these findings “are holders of a particular ideology or economic doctrine, which is Neo-Keynesian, populist economic thinking in this instance.” Sure, the authors of this report—researchers at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—say that there’s “room for improvement in selected areas,” but they affirm that the “state of American broadband is good and getting better.”

Why would they come to that conclusion? After all, the ITIF’s conclusions are in contrast to previous findings published not just on Ars, but also by tech policy luminaries including, as the ITIF's report admits, “Susan Crawford, David Cay Johnston, Nicholas Economides, and Tim Wu and by think tanks and advocacy groups such as Free Press, the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, Harvard’s Berkman Center, and Public Knowledge.”

Those individuals and groups definitely have something to say in response.

“The ITIF report turns our national broadband policy into a self-esteem exercise, on par with one of those contests where everyone wins an award,” Harold Feld, of Public Knowledge, said in an e-mail to Ars. “'Hooray! We tried real hard and we're not so bad after all.' But this isn't summer camp. This is our digital future. If we want a world-class broadband infrastructure, we need to stop coming up with explanations for why things aren't really so bad after all and start dealing with the real problems right in front of our eyes.”


http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/02/dc-think-tank-says-state-of-us-broadband-is-good-and-getting-better/

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dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #1
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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:35 AM

1. Out of curiousity - do find over there

that when demand levels increase the broadband speed decreases ? That's what happens in the UK.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:26 AM

2. From someone who lives exactly 1 mile from a city limits which

has carriers such as ATT and Cox, but still have absolutely no options beyond satellite and mobile hotspot, with such slow upload speeds one can't play even video poker, and such ridiculous bandwidth limitations that 3 hours of Pandora will throttle speeds to something worse than 1990's dial-up for 2 days, I say they are full of shit..

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:28 AM

3. In other news, "Freedom is slavery"

And Ignorance is strength!

I love their dismissing anyone opposed to their financial rape of Americans as "Neo-Keynesian or populist" in ideology. I guess supply siders are the perfect slaves for their "society".

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:31 AM

4. It's way overpriced though.

Way.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 AM

5. Maybe the SERVICE is acceptable; however the DELIVERY is an abomination!

Not only can over a third of the country not recieve service due to delivery limitations beyond extremely expensive satellite delivery, but the corporate conglomorate delivery of service in "bundles" with useless products that the consumer no longer needs or WANTS.

Sure you can get broadband service for 19.95* however you need to have "qualifying telephone service" i.e. 'landline service' for another 19.95 per month. By time you end up paying for both services and fees, you are well into the $60 ballpark for "$20" service...

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 AM

6. "Neo-Keynesian or populist"?

well gosh...THANKS!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:22 AM

7. The state of American broadband is "good"? Why not excellent, for less?

We pay less per month for business broadband DSL in the UK than we do for Comcast business internet here, and get virtually the same throughput speeds. And cable's supposed to be faster than DSL. That appears to be the case only when it's US cable internet vs US DSL.

Europe and Asia have been making the US look bad for years where internet service and its cost is concerned. But this think tank obviously feels "good" is good enough.

Motto of the supply-siders: maximize the profits; screw the customers.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:40 AM

8. Well, it is pretty good. As for the cost, did they adjust for currency exchange rates?

 

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